First phase of Walney offshore wind farm begins operation

The first phase of the offshore wind farm being developed in the Irish Sea by Walney Offshore Windfarms, in which Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has a 25 per cent stake, is now operational. 

This means that 51 turbines, with a total installed capacity of 183.6MW, have completed commissioning tests and are now available to generate electricity — adding 46MW to SSE’s total electricity generation capacity.

Construction of the second and final phase of the wind farm, which also comprises 51 turbines with a total installed capacity of 183.6MW, is now under way.

Phase two of the wind farm will be commissioned next year.